The transfer window is over, and if 4Lads and Heart & Hand not to mention Rangers fans one and all are to go by, it’s a big thumbs down for the work done this summer.
We saw only a single fan backing the summer work and the board over incomings and outgoings, and the-near universal rating from the supporters we’ve seen for the players added has been a completely failure.
The biggest gripe centres around the backing Gio’s had, with a belief he hasn’t been backed enough given the cash we clearly have.
And there is no question £15M spent isn’t exactly a fortune. It is, however, the biggest amount a Rangers manager has actually spent in one year since Walter Smith’s days. And even then, Walter didn’t spend as much as that over any 12 months in his second spell.
But the complaint isn’t the amount spent, necessarily, it’s been the use of those funds.
Fans see just Goalak, Tillman, and Lawrence as successes, and only one of them cost any money.
Souttar, Davies, Yilmaz and Matondo have been, for varying reasons, not value for the £13M they cost.
And this is bringing huge criticisms from these influential fan groups as well as the vast vast majority of supporters individually.
There’s also the issue of players sold – Patterson, Bassey and Aribo have all gone, with at least two of these being assets, and £50M raised in those sales – without a feeling that their funds have been used well, or enough.
Then we have the fact the squad is quite simply not fully fleshed out.
It’s thin everywhere apart from wing, with striker, midfield and central defence all massively undercooked and goals unconvincing.
We’re one injury away from being in real, real trouble. Lundstram, Goldson or Goalak getting injured is suddenly a disaster.
So do we agree with the criticism of the board?
No, actually we don’t.
We think the criticism is badly-placed.
It’s the scouting department who appear to have flunked.
The board backs them with the money, and trusts them to make the right calls – Ross Wilson and co then try to seal those deals.
Anyone who thinks the board hasn’t backed Gio with cash isn’t being fair – he’s had more this summer than Gerrard ever had.
But the scouting and recruitment has failed quite badly – in getting ‘MRE’ players and getting a balanced squad.
Gio tells the board what he wants, and it’s up to scouting and recruitment to get them.
The board backs all the above but their hands are tied beyond that.
Which is not to praise the board, because regulars know we’re hardly big fans of Stuart Robertson, among others, and we certainly disagree with a lot of what Douglas Park has done.
But we can’t blame this rather imbalanced window entirely at their doors.
There is no question Rangers’ squad is not the balanced and strong group of players it should be, and this window could have gone better.
But a lot of the blame of that is at Ross Wilson’s door it seems.